Donna Saito

Donna Saito

Donna Saito

Elementary School teacher

Nationality: Canadian

What year did you come to YIS, and where were you working prior to YIS?

I have been at YIS since the 1999-2000 academic school year. Prior to YIS, I worked in different schools in Japan. 

What sports/non-academic activities are you involved with at school?

I work with the Elementary Choir, Ukulele band, Mindfulness ESA's, and I am a Duke of Edinburgh Award Leader.

What do you love about the subject you teach?

I love the energy and inquiry the children bring to the classroom.

How would you describe the IB Program, and its value, to parents?

As a parent of three children who have graduated from YIS, I highly recommend the IB Program because of how well it prepares students for university, and how it gives them the opportunity to learn and become passionate about providing service to others. 

What are your hobbies and interests outside of school, and do you have opportunities to incorporate them in your role at YIS?

I love learning about different cultures and trying new foods. I love being in and learning about nature. I like to keep active with hiking, cycling, paddle boarding, etc. I love working with children and sharing ideas with colleagues. Most of these can indeed be incorporated in my role at YIS.

What do you find attractive about YIS, and Japan?

I have been in Japan for over 30 years and I am still intrigued with the culture, language and food. The best thing about YIS is how friendly people are and the warm community atmosphere.

What advice would you give to teachers looking to work in Japan?

This is, without doubt, one of the best places in the world to work. 

What excites you most about the new YIS campus?

Having more space, more outdoor natural places and having all the different sections of the school all on one campus.